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Jun 24, 2010 07:12 AM

Nice BYOB restaurants in Manhattan?

I hope to get a list of nice BYOB restaurants in Manhattan. I go out with a bunch of friends I used to work with and they order bottle after bottle of wine while I have one beer and then they want to split the check evenly. I'm out of work right now and can't afford this.
thanks to all.

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    1. Well, your friends should take into consideration the fact that you're out of work, and if they don't you should speak up - "hey guys, as you know I'm unemployed and I can't afford all this wine, can we get a seperate drinks check?"

      Conversely you should have dinner at home instead of going out to eat - it's going to cost you more to eat out, especially in a "nice" restaurant, with or without wine. It might suck, not going out with friends, but that's part of being unemployed. My sympathies, I've been there. It took me awhile to get used to living differently, not going out so much.

      That said, there's some great BYOB deals around town. On Sundays, Beacon has no corkage - but a meal there is still going to be pricey. Kuma Inn, as chow_gal suggested, is BYOB every night.

      Many Chinese restaurants have no corkage fee.

      Here's a list of places with corkage fees of $15 or less, updated as of last December:

      25 West 56th St., New York, NY 10019

      1. Seems to me that your so-called "friends" are not being exactly thoughtful and considerate about your unemployed status. So, if you are going to continue going out with them, sgordon is correct that you need to speak up and insist on a separate check for yourself. That said...

        Apiary is No Corkage BYO on Mondays. In addition to the a la carte menu, there is a $35 3-course prix fixe.

        Photos of our dinner at Apiary here:

        1. thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I'll keep looking.

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          1. re: avenuebalum

            Zagat has a BYO list in its back pages.

          2. Tartine
            La Sirene
            Ivo & Lulu
            A Cafe & Wine Room